Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afghan President Appoints First Woman To Supreme Court, But Clerics Object

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed the country's first female Supreme Court judge according to yesterday's Euronews.  Ghani fulfilled an election promise by appointing Anisa Rassouli, former head of the Afghan Women Judges Association.  Rassouli's appointment must still be approved by Parliament. Ghani says he has religious approval for the appointment, but Islamic clerics on the Ulema Council of Afghanistan say that Sharia law prohibits a woman from occupying the position of judge.